Although it is usually left to personal discretion, tipping in Croatia is something worth educating about. We are here to give you some “tips”, recommendations, and an overall guideline on what is appropriate, expected, or respected in the world of Croatian tipping.
Because tipping generally reflects your interpretation of the quality of service, it is appropriate of you to tip when the service is quality; a reflection of your content is shown through the tip you leave. On the other hand, when service is sub par or not to your liking, nothing is obliged of you to tip.
Because it is generally known that wages for working Croatians are fairly low, every additional kuna counts. It is always fair to round up your bill at a restaurant, and tipping an average of 10%-15% is appropriate. Of course this becomes arbitrary, if you really enjoyed your meal and service do feel free to tip more!
In other realms of the hospitality industry, rounding up your bill for the taxi driver is not expected, but appreciated. Handing a hotel porter 10-20 kuna for every bag they carry is expected. Your hairdresser and spa masseuse should also be granted 10% for their services. When you’re at bars, it never hurts to throw your change in the tip jar.
In addition, tips represent a very large sum of a tour guide’s earnings. When you are traveling with a group, it is appropriate to collect from each patron in the group, handing the tour guide the total sum tip at the end of the tour. For multi-day tours, the industry standard is to tip between 150-200 euros per person, per guide. Tipping based on your discretion is still heavily encouraged here, as the caliber of the service is the biggest judge.
A general tip for a boat crew is between 5%-10% of the total sum if you are happy with the experience and the service provided. You are also encouraged to handle the tip with the boat captain as you wish.
All in all, show your appreciation for the quality of service you are receiving, Croatians do work very hard to ensure you’re happy, satisfied, and enjoying every aspect of Croatia. It’s never too hard to give a little 🙂